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. speculation grows over who might be pope benedict xvi's successor after he steps down later this month. >> today is red hand day, highlighting the plight of child soldiers around the world. north korea says it will not bowed to international pressure to end its nuclear program. the country carry out its third nuclear test on tuesday, breaking u.n. resolutions, and for their actions could still be to come. >> p'yongyang says the test is an act of self-defense against what it calls hostility from the united states, but the move was only served to increase its isolation from the rest of the world. washington has confirmed north korea had told the u.s. government about the test beforehand. and even china, north korea's sole ally, has urged pyongyang to stop before it makes matters worse. >> tensions are high in south korea. protesters denounced north korea's nuclear tests. north korean state media claim the country had exploded a more powerful bomb than it had been able to build a earlier. diplomats at the united nations security council emergency meeting also expressed alarm. >> countries
that is both surprising and rare. pope benedict xvi says he's too old to do his job. he's 85. spokespersons for the vatican say the pope cited his advance age and felt he could no longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal joseph ratzinger was 78 years old when he became pope in april 2005 following the death of pope john paul ii. he was the oldest person to become pontiff in 275 years. benedict xvi was a conservative pope, he strongly opposed to birth control, but he embraced new forms of communication and joined twitter last year. pope benedict faced a string of challenges during his term from sexual abuse scandals involving the members of the clergy to an investigation into money laundering in vatican city. a court convicted his former butler last year of stealing and leaking classified documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a succe
. >> pope benedict xvi announcing he will resign on february 28th, becoming the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old pontiff saying that he no longer has the strength to carry out his papal duties. the sudden announcement setting the stage for the vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-march. during his papacy, benedict was a key figure in the church's efforts to address widespread instances of sexual abuse of children by priests. pope benedict also embracing technology to reach more followers, joining twitter back in december. [ rhythmic drumming ] revelers around the world ushering in the chinese lunar new year, with bell-ringing, dragon-dancing, drum performances, and fireworks to celebrate renewal and ward off evil spirits. the celebration lasting 15 days, making it the longest and most significant holiday in china. the new year also marking a shift in the chinese zodiac, making it the year of the snake. the chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle and is represented by 12 different animals. music's finest celebrating the best of their indust
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